Assessing climate change adaptation options for local government

Stefan Truck, Macquarie University
Wylie Bradford, Macquarie University
Ann Henderson-Sellers, Macquarie University
Supriya Mathew, Macquarie University
Jennifer Scott, Macquarie University
Margery Street, Macquarie University
Ros Taplin, Bond University

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Truck, S., Bradford, W., Henderson-Sellers, A., Mathew, S., Scott, J., Street, M., & Taplin R. (2010). Assessing climate change adaptation options for local government. In Y. You & A. Henderson-Sellers (Eds.), Climate alert: Climate change monitoring and strategy (pp. 362-399). Sydney: Sydney University Press.

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2010 HERDC submission. FoR Code: 040104

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Uncertainty in the prediction of low probability high-impact climate events makes it difficult for local governments to foresee locality specific climate risks, prioritise policy options and implement suitable actions for the future. Climate projections and economic evaluation need to be available at the local levels (scales of a few tens of kilometres at most) to ensure local climate investment actions. Observations of the historical climate impacts at local scales could give a probability distribution that could be projected into the future using new information and expert opinions. This research describes the early stages of a study of the adaptation options for local government authority, based on available climate information and perceptions of the local community.


This document has been peer reviewed.